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  1. Leo Kerr

    Cowboy Bebop: The Movie Review

    They’re here to save the planet. But not for free. Gekijban Kaubi Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira or Cowboy Bebop: The Movie or Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door Image Entertainment releases a Sony Pictures/Columbia Tri-Star and Destination Films, um, film: Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, an...
  2. Leo Kerr

    I'm gonna call it a hi-def source...

    I'm trying to find something that, in this day-and-age, should be simple, inexpensive, and reliable. I'm looking for a box that takes a SD or CF card (no optical or magnetic drives preferred,) that will play audio. 4-5 channels minimum, 6-8 preferred. That is, four, six, or eight...
  3. Leo Kerr

    DVD Review HTF Review: The President's Book of Secrets

    The President’s Book of Secrets A History Channel production, released by A&E Television Networks. A standard definition program, 16x9 aspect ratio, with Dolby Digital stereo sound. The run time is about 94 minutes, and the main menu comes up fairly promptly after a brief FBI warning...
  4. Leo Kerr

    HTF Blu Review: SOYLENT GREEN

    What is the secret of Soylent Green? Soylent Green Warner Brothers releases an MGM film, Soylent Green, based on a novel by Harry Harrison. It was directed by Richard Fleischer, and stars Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Conners, Joseph Cotten, Brock Peters, Paula Kelly...
  5. Leo Kerr

    HTF Review: The Swimsuit Issue

    No, it's not what you think. Allt Flyter (The Swimsuit Issue) Tribeca films and New Video release a Swedish film written by Jane Magnusson and Ochmåns Herngren, and directed by Måns Herngren. The film stars Jonas Inde, Andreas Rothlin-Svensson, Paula McManus, and Amanda Davin among...
  6. Leo Kerr

    DVD Review HTF Review: INGREDIENTS -- NOT recommended

    Ingredients Docurama Films and New Video present a documentary about the local food movement. The film is by Robert Bates and Brian Kimmel, and was narrated by Bebe Neuwirth. A standard definition program, 16x9 aspect ratio, with Dolby Digital stereo sound. The run time is about...
  7. Leo Kerr

    HTF Review: KITES / KITES: THE REMIX

    The fantasy of India’s Bollywood meets the fantasy of the Las Vegas Underground. Kites / Kites: The Remix Image Entertainment releases a Bluray of a film by Reliance Big Pictures, starring Hrithik Roshan, Barbara Mori, with supporting roles played by Nicholas Brown, Yuri Suri...
  8. Leo Kerr

    HTF Bluray Review: THE LAST UNICORN

    The Last Unicorn Lionsgate releases the 1982 classic Rankin/Bass animated feature. Written and screen-written by Peter S. Beagle, produced and directed by Rankin and Bass, it features the vocal talents of Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Robert Klein, Angela Lansbury, Tammy...
  9. Leo Kerr

    just bad luck at a Best Buy?

    I was off on Monday, and between a few other questions people had been asking, and a couple of Blu titles I was looking for, I wandered into a local Best Buy. For whatever reason, I couldn't find either Blu title -- one was a relatively new release (1/25) and the other is probably considered...
  10. Leo Kerr

    Protecting a plasma screen

    For those who don't know, I work in a museum. In an upcoming exhibit, there is discussion of having a walk-up, "life size" screen showing pictures and videos so that you can have your picture taken with, or even just look at, people. Life size. We're discussing putting an 85" plasma in...
  11. Leo Kerr

    HTF Blu-ray Review: ALPHA AND OMEGA

    Alpha and Omega Crest Animation and Lionsgate release a computer-animated feature. Written by Steve Moore, directed by Anthony Bell and Ben Gluck, it features the vocal talents of Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Dennis Hopper, Danny Glover, and Christina Ricci among others. While...
  12. Leo Kerr

    DVD Review HTF Review: THE BOYS: The Sherman Brothers' Story

    The Boys The Sherman Brothers’ Story Walt Disney Pictures and Crescendo/Traveling Light release, a biographical documentary of Robert and Richard Sherman. The feature is assembled from a variety of sources, and in many cases, recomposed for the purpose of this documentary for the...
  13. Leo Kerr

    DVD Review HTF Review: WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY — Recommended

    Waking Sleeping Beauty Stone Circle Pictures and Red Shoes Productions, released through Buena Vista Home Entertainment, present a retrospective on eleven transformative years of Disney Feature Animation. The feature is assembled from a variety of sources, and in most cases, recomposed...
  14. Leo Kerr

    HTF Review: Jackie Chan in ROBIN-B-HOOD

    Robin-B-Hood Vivendi Entertainment and the Weinstein Company release a Jackie Chan Enterprises feature. The feature stars Jackie Chan, Lewis Koo, Conroy Chan, Michael Hui, Yuanyuan Gao, Baoguo Chen, and Matthew Medvedev. It was written by Jackie Chan, Benny Chan, and Alan Yuen, and was...
  15. Leo Kerr

    HTF Blu Ray Review: ExTerminators

    ExTerminators An Image Entertainment release of a UTV Motion Picture feature. The feature stars Heather Graham, Jennifer Coolidge, Matthew Settle, and Joey Lauren Adams, and was written by Suzanne Weinert and directed by John Inwood. The BluRay disc is letterboxed to 1.85:1 aspect ratio...
  16. Leo Kerr

    HTF Bluray Review: Lighthouses of the Pacific Northwest

    Lighthouses of the Pacific Northwest The Disc (Technical) Blibbet Entertainment and Spears & Munsil release a feature by Stacey Spears. The imagery is accompanied by a score by Johnny Bregar. The 2010 feature is presented in a native aspect ratio of 1.77:1, with a 24bit DTS-HD Master...
  17. Leo Kerr

    HTF Blu-ray Review: The Secret of Moonacre (recommended)

    The Secret of Moonacre EntertainmentOne, releases a film directed by Gabor Csupo (Bridge to Terabithia), based from the story The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. The feature stars Ioan Gruffudd, Tim Curry, Natascha McElhone, and Dakota Blue Richards, with the assistance of...
  18. Leo Kerr

    HTF Review: The Real National Treasure -- Modern Marvels looks at the Library of Congress

      The Real National Treasure An Inside Look at the Library of Congress   A History Channel production, part of their Modern Marvels series. A standard definition program, 16x9 aspect ratio, letterboxed in a 4x3 frame, with Dolby Digital stereo sound. The run time is about 47 minutes...
  19. Leo Kerr

    HTF Review: SOUNDTRACKER: A Portrait of Gordon Hempton

    Soundtracker A Portrait of Gordon Hempton An Indiepix release of a film by Nicholas Sherman. A 16x9 standard definition disc, from a high definition source (research indicating HD-Cam,) with Dolby Digital encoded stereo sound. The run time is about 82 minutes, and the main menu...
  20. Leo Kerr

    HTF BluRay Review: The Diplomat (aka False Witness)

    The Diplomat (a.k.a. False Witness) This is a Vivendi Entertainment Bluray release of the 2008 made-for-HDTV film made by Screen Australia, for UKTV. The program stars Dougray Scott, Rachael Blake, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Richard Roxburgh, and Claire Forlani, and was directed by Peter...
  21. Leo Kerr

    HTF Blu Review: In the Shadow of the Moon — Recommended

    In the Shadow of the Moon This is a THINKFilm feature and an Image Entertainment BluRay release, starring the NASA archives, as well as ten of the surviving Apollo astronauts who at least orbited the Moon, and directed by David Sington. Also of note, and perhaps deserving higher billing, is...
  22. Leo Kerr

    HTF Bluray Review: CATS AND DOGS

    Cats and Dogs A Village Road Show / Warner Brothers BluRay release, with Jeff Goldblum and Alexandar Pollock (humans) and the voices of Tobey Maguire, Alec Baldwin, Sean Hayes, and Susan Sarandon and was directed by Lawrence Guterman. It was originally released in July 2001. The feature...
  23. Leo Kerr

    HTF Bluray Review: Rodney Dangerfield in LADYBUGS

    Ladybugs A Lionsgate release of a Paramount feature. The 1992 feature stars Rodney Dangerfield, Jackée (Harry), Jonathan Brandis, Ilene Graff, and Vinessa Shaw, and was directed by Sidney J. Furie. The feature is a 1.77:1 version of (according to the Internet Movie Database) a 1.85:1...
  24. Leo Kerr

    HTF Review: Owl and the Sparrow, or Cù vá chim se sè

    Owl and the Sparrow Cù vá chim se sè An Image Entertainment release of a Wave Releasing feature. The 2007 feature stars Cat Ly, Le The Lu, Nguyen Hau, and Pham Thi Han, and was written and directed by Stephane Gauger. Actually, in the Vietnamese, the accent over the trailing ‘e’ is probably...
  25. Leo Kerr

    HTF Review: FALLEN

    Fallen Fallen is a three-part television miniseries originally aired on ABC Family in or around 2007. The program is delivered on a single anamorphic DVD, along with a series trailer. Story content is approximately 247 minutes, or an average of 82 minutes per episode. The standard definition...
  26. Leo Kerr

    HTF BluRAY REVIEW: THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS

    The Men Who Stare At Goats An Anchor Bay release of an Overture Films feature. The feature was released in November of 2009, starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, with some amazing bits from Stephen Lang. The screenplay is by Peter Straughan, based on Jon Ronson’s...
  27. Leo Kerr

    HTF DVD Review: Wish Me Luck!

    Wish Me Luck Series 1 Acorn Media releasing a London Weekly Television production originally broadcast on England’s ITV. Two standard definition DVDs containing eight episodes, full-screen 4x3 aspect ratio. Total run time, about 6 hours, 28 minutes, with an average program time of 48.5...
  28. Leo Kerr

    HTF DVD Review: LEGACY: The Origin of Civilization

    Legacy The Origins of Civilization Athena Learning, the educational ‘wing’ of Acorn Media, release a Carlton and Maryland Public Television production, originally produced in association with NHK and the British Museum. Three standard definition DVDs containing six episodes, full-screen 4x3...
  29. Leo Kerr

    HTF BLU-RAY REVIEW: CONTEMPT / LE MEPRIS

    Contempt / Le Mépris A 1964 CinemaScope film, shot in Technicolour, directed by Jean-Luc Godard, and starring Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance, Giorgia Moll, and Fritz Lang, with uncredited appearances by Raoul Coutard, Jean-Luc Godard, and Linda Veras. A Studio+Canal film released...
  30. Leo Kerr

    HTF Review: CALLAN - Set 2

    Callan — Set 2 The Fourth Season Acorn Media releasing a Thames Television production (now a part of FremantleMedia Enterprises,) originally broadcast on England’s ITV. Four standard definition DVDs containing thirteen episodes, full-screen 4x3 aspect ratio, shot on in a mix of PAL (studio) and...
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